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Use of special characters in Windows 2003 user names

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What policy do I need to change to allow a Windows 2003 user name to include the '@' character ?

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Under password policies in domain GPO, click on checkbox to select require complex passwords (I think 5 or 6th setting)
In a domain environment you should be able to no problem, without a GP setting.  Note that the Pre-Windows 2000 username replaces those special characters with underscores ( _ ).  So if your username was T@lly, the pre-2000 username would be T_lly.

If you are in a workgroup enviroment with 2003 server, I'll have to dig a bit deeper to find that out.

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Surely you can't use @ in a domain username at all as it signifies the domain, i.e  user@yourdomain.internal.
I see you are correct....it lets you create it, but you cannot logon with it...nevermind me!!!
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Same goes with the \ character afaik as that also signifies domain\username

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This isn't a domain user - it's a local user on a Windows 2003 server.
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But if it did work how would it know that steve@otherhalfmyname is the whole username or it should look for steve on the otherhalfmyname domain?

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If you put an @ it's going to look for a domain, and won't find it.
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My point exactly.
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Accept dragon-it / tripple07
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